Originally Posted by CruelInventions
Mark Ballas was definitely in audience. They only showed him once, and that was sometime before the completion of the dance routine. I forget exactly when.
Yes, my mistake. I looked closely at the end of the routine last night as I worked my way through extracting the performance clips from my recording.
I honestly must have dozed for just a few seconds at the end of the dance, because that's all the airtime they gave him. He was indeed there, and shown for maybe 1-2 seconds tops!
But as I originally mentioned, there was nary a comment from any judge that spoke his name. And never a second camera shot.
Nice finale show last night. Cat looked VERY good, it should be said.
I really liked those group numbers that got reprised a second time. The "cirque du soleil" routine really was just perfect, beautiful to look at and danced perfectly. And the "geisha" girls, and the "doors" guys numbers... both superb.
I think Melanie's leap into Neil's arms this second time was even more spectacular than the first time. I think she moved faster this time, if that's possible. I mean, I think he almost looked a bit unprepared for this missile coming at him through the air, but he held up stunningly and it came off without a fumble. Brilliant!
The opening group number was obviously a Sonya number, and I knew it without being told. Typical Sonya choice of music, and typical Sonya "ogre steps" (think "The Garden" with sumo wrestler postures, again and again and again). But it's entertaining.
Now that it's all over, I do think Katee's more lean physique is more appealing than Melanie's as an elegant and all-around dancer for all styles. Melanie is certainly more athletic, and has remarkable body control of arms and legs and hands and feet.
They're both terrific.